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Your Official Introduction

by Riki Rocksteady

Riki Rocksteady blends reggae, ska, dub, dancehall, and rocksteady on his first full length release.
Genre: Rock: Ska
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1. Rude Faith
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2. Damn The Greyhound
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3. Palm Treez
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4. Wicked Style
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5. Dub The G
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6. Radio Nazi
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7. Wrong Place Right Time
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8. Lonely Girl
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9. NYC Shakedown
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10. F*@# Up
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11. Rocksteady Drill
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12. Old Spoon
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Known to many already in Boston and Miami as a skilled songwriter and street musician, Riki Rocksteady and his band are quickly broadening their appeal. First noticed nationally with the successful college radio airplay of his song "Crazy Dave" from Spit Shine Records' compilation Leisure Riddims (2002), he has continued to gain recognition with "Going Home Dub" off of the Dubshine Compilation (2003) and caught the ear of European radio stations and Internet sites.
Boston's Spit Shine International record label recognized his talent, signed him, and has released his first full-length album in the fall of 2004. Entitled, 'Your Official Introduction' the album of 12 original tracks enlists some guest appearances by seasoned Boston ska/reggae artists of Bim Skala Bim, The Allstonians, and The Harmonics. Riki Rocksteady's first single off of 'Your Official Introduction' is "Wrong Place, Right Time" a danceable number that will also be featured in his first music video produced by Greyson Media.
Currently on the road with Matt Maloney (drums), Kurt Walstrom (bass), Brian Marx (guitar), and Eric 'Merv' Bridson (trombone/keys), Riki Rocksteady is headlining clubs and festivals as well as supporting major acts from Bar Harbor, ME to Miami, FL and everywhere in between. They will team up with The Harmonics for a tour of the East Coast this February, and plan a West Coast tour in the fall. From his first soulful reggae song to his last sweaty dancehall encore, Riki Rocksteady is defiantly worth the price of admission.


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I would recommend this to anyone, and it is a great album to play at a party.
Riki Rocksteady, a skilled songwriter and street musician living in Boston, released a standout song on Spitshine's first release Leisure Riddims for the Working Class (2002) and later one on Dubshine (2003). After recording these tracks Spitshine signed Riki to do a debut album on their label. Matt Mahoney appears on the album (drums, backing vocals, keys, percussion) recorded and mixed this album. Matt also runs Spitshine Records. Backing Riki up on this album are a number of ska veterans from Boston ska bands like the Allstonians, Bim Skala Bim, and the Harmonics. Riki Rocksteady draws on a number of heavy reggae influences like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. Also there is a definitive DJ toasting brought into the mix. At times Riki's voice is reminiscent of Brad Nowell's from Sublime but his toasting is way more authentic.

The opening track "Rude Faith" starts up with Riki playing a riff on his guitar with a short keyboard melody in the back and then the drums come in with a simple one beat rhythm. He comes out in pure DJ style, preaching to the rocksteady massive. "Damn The Greyhound" puts this album in the league of ska greats like Chris Murray, The Slackers, and King Django in the sentiment and emotion. So many bands seem to fall short on sincerity but RR does not lack this. The songwriting is one of the most powerful aspects of this recording. The keyboard playing of Ceci Moreno-Gonzalez really shines through this album. "Palm Treez" is an instrumental dub groove of "Damn the Greyhound" and it has a definitive island feel. The trombone melody (played by Eric Bridson) is in the style of a Rico Rodriguez track. Riki Rocksteady busts out another rockers reggae number in "Wicked Style" using the popular "Bring Me Along" melody. "Dub the G" is another great dub produced by Matt Maloney.

Riki Rocksteady's vocal range is mixed between toasting and singing, it has a smooth raspy effect to it during "Radio Nazi." "Wrong Place Right Time" is a two minute upbeat romp that is going to be the first single of the album (a video to follow) with lyrics that paint a simple portrait of reality. "Lonely Girl" begins as a smooth rocksteady in the tradition of greats like Alton Ellis and John Holt. Halfway through the beat drops into a full reggae lyrical assault. "NYC Shakedown" is a song crafted about the tragedy of September 11th in a roots-reggae style. "Rocksteady Drill" is a percussion-heavy dub-reggae groove with muted trombone solo. Riki Rocksteady and the other musicians on this album have crafted one of the best reggae albums of the year. The final track "Old Spoon" has a spooky sadness to it. The lyrics are very heart felt and honest. The quality of the recording is very lo-fi and it reminds me a lot of the early Version City recordings. The band knows how to keep things simple and that is why this album works so well. The praise has to be shared with Riki Rocksteady for making so many great songs and for Matt Mahoney for being able to craft the songs in this manner. Spitshine once again puts out another quality release. This is one of those bands I would recommend to anyone and it is a great album to play at a party. Support these guys when they come down here on tour with the Harmonics